July 25, 2003
Archaeology and nationalism
Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 25, 2003 10:52 AM
So that's his real job? I've spent all these years thinking that it was to appear on TV in that idiotic hat of his and pretend to be an archaelogist on FOX specials...
Don't mind me, Hawass just really gets on my nerves.
Posted by: Paul Jané at July 26, 2003 01:03 AM
Whoops, sorry, meant Egyptologist there...
Posted by: Paul Jané at July 26, 2003 01:05 AM
He looks to be just the sort of fascist lickspittle that flock to government funded culture industries everywhere. One of the most distressing aspects of the story is the way his leverage over dig-sites has effectively silenced opposition in the scientific community. Or rather, the way the self-interest of archaeologists has manifestly been of greater importance to many archaeologists than criticizing this blowhard, his policies or the gangster-government for which he works. This strikes me as all too typical of the archaeological community. It was sickening to watch the same soul-sucking bastards who kissed the hands of the Iraqi fascist government criticize the liberators of the Iraqi people. I imagine the kinds of things I write at the Flea would present problems for me if I was to carry out fieldwork in Egypt in the near future. So what? I want to know why I am the only anthropologist I know of who publically criticizes this stuff. I have yet to finish my PhD and do not have a tenured job and am in a tenuous position with regard to the lunatic consensus in some academic contexts. Why don't the big boys with tenure have a word to say about any of this? Perhaps they just do not care. Or perhaps they are so used to being scared and taking direction from governments like the one Hawass represents.
Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 26, 2003 09:58 AM